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The rise of female independents has the government flailing and floundering for good reason

Ahead of next year’s federal election, female independents have been announcing their candidacies in electorates across the country, primarily in blue-ribbon seats in Sydney and Melbourne. These candidates are launching campaigns in some of Australia’s wealthiest electorates, often where moderate members of the Liberal party have held power for years. They are campaigning on issues like greater action on climate change, a federal integrity commission, and bettering the treatment of women. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen independent candidates like Allegra Spender in Wentworth, Kylea Tink in North Sydney, Dr Sophie Scamps in Mackellar, Zoe Daniel in Goldstein,…